Is there a special event for that you are registered for, like an engagement, wedding, or a new baby? These milestones are exciting and can take much planning and organization. For some, registering is a fun time, and for others it can be a stressful event.
You want to make sure you have something on there that everyone will be happy buying and something at all price points from very cheap to relatively expensive. Read on for tips to get rid of a bloated registry so you can avoid having it bogged down with things you may not need.
1. Take inventory of what you have
Before tackling getting rid of things on your registry, go through your stuff and really figure out what you have. Do you have a gravy boat? Do you really need another one? Do you ever eat gravy?
Just because you saw it in some wedding or baby magazine’s ‘top (insert number here) things you should register for’ doesn’t mean it has to be on your registry. Only register for things you and your partner need and like and that fit the profile of your event guests.
Your teetotaller grandmother may not be interested in buying you crystal champagne flutes but may think that butter dish is just the bees knees. Aunt Sally may not be able to afford the fanciest baby swing with all the bells and whistles but would happily get you a cloth diaper (or two) to add to your collection as it’s more within your budget.
Before adding it to the registry (or when going through and seeing what to take off) ask yourself these questions: Do we have it? Do we need it? Will we use it? Will someone consider getting it for us?
2. Have a backup wish list
Are there some things you’d like but don’t need? This is where a backup wish list comes in handy: a backup list is a list of things you could register for if there comes a need. For instance, if after your shower there is nothing left on your registry, then you can go back and take items from your wish list and add them to your registry.
A wish list is a list only you and your partner have. It can be scribbled in a notepad, on a note in your phone or in a document on your computer, but wherever it is make sure it’s accessible so you can keep adding to it or taking away from it as necessary.
When you went through the stuff you already have there may have been a few things you wanted to update but didn’t need. The backup registry is the place for these items too. The items on this list can be shared if people ask for ideas of things that are ‘not on your registry’ but be sure not to bog them down with choices simply give them a couple ideas.
When sharing these items, think of ones that you aren’t too particular about. If you have your heart set on one particular brand, colour, or style, then just telling someone we’d like * insert item you’d like here* could lead to disappointment.
3. Ask someone else to check it
When trying to keep your registry down to a reasonable size, it is always a smart plan to ask for help. Ask your best friend, maid (or matron) of honour, mom, sister or really anybody you are close enough with for their honest opinion.
When you ask them to go over it make sure you let them know what your goal is. If you’re trying to get rid of items, see if they see anything that can be easily removed. If you are trying to make sure your registry is varied and has appropriate price ranges, then let them know so that they have a good idea of what to look for (and what could possibly be removed). Hopefully your friend or family member will be blunt and honest with you about what can be removed and what is good to stay.
4. Find multi-use items
You may be able to register for one set of cutlery instead of 16 forks, 16 knives, 16 teaspoons and 16 tablespoons. By having items that either have multiple items or purposes, a great way to get rid of a bloated registry is by simply asking for less so that your registry becomes manageable.
5. Just leave some items off
There are some things that you may desperately want but for whatever reason, price, what the item is, that you already have too many other things, just bite the bullet and leave it off the registry.
If it’s really something you want, save up for it and buy it yourself. There may be some items you are ‘expected’ to register for but you simply don’t want or need. You don’t need to please the registry etiquette gods, you need to make it work for you.
Just because formal dishes are something you ‘should have’ doesn’t mean you have a place to store them or will use them – except maybe when the person that bought them for you comes over? So if it’s not your style or not something you want, just leave it off the registry.
Whether you are at the beginning stages of registering or have already done it, keeping your registry to a manageable amount of items is very doable and advisable. The more items on your registry the more thank you cards you have to write, so keep it simple.
Cutting down your registry is worth it because a bloated registry can make for a bloated house. Although you may be tempted to scan every single toy for your new little one, you may soon find you have nowhere to store the item. So, before you add it to the registry, have a plan for it and know where you’re going to put it. Good luck getting rid of your bloated registry, all of that hard work is going to pay off in useful, meaningful, thoughtful gifts.